Juris Doctor/Master of the Arts in Security Studies
Security Studies Program (SSP) policy requires applicants interested in admission to the joint Georgetown J.D./M.A.S.S.P. program to apply to both the M.A. and the J.D. programs simultaneously. Students must apply independently to both the Law Center and the SSP and be admitted to both in order to be considered joint degree program students. Applicants who have already begun their studies at the Law Center or at the SSP will not be considered for admission to the joint degree program. For questions about this policy, please contact the SSP Admissions department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-687-5679.
J.D./M.A.S.S.P. degree candidates must satisfactorily complete course requirements for both the J.D. and M.A.S.S.P. degrees. In addition to the J.D. and M.A.S.S.P. degrees, a Joint Program Certificate will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program. Students in the joint degree program undertake a four-year course of study comprising a minimum of 109 academic credits (79 Law Center credits and 30 credits of M.A.S.S.P. courses). Six credits of J.D. coursework will count toward the M.A.S.S.P. degree requirements, and 6 credits of M.A.S.S.P. coursework will count toward the J.D. degree requirements. The M.A.S.S.P. Director of Graduate Studies will determine whether any J.D. credits will fulfill M.A. requirements on an individual basis. The program also requires: (1) completion of the graduation requirements for both programs; (2) meeting the Law Center Residency Requirement; and (3) maintenance of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00/4.00 in the M.A.S.S.P. program and the required minimum cumulative grade point average for the J.D. program (see the Juris Doctor Program chapter of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook of Academic Policies).
The required 106 J.D./M.A.S.S.P. academic credits are distributed as follows:
24 credits of M.A.S.S.P. course work taken on Main Campus in the first or second years of the joint program including completion of all core courses for the program including the following: SEST-500, Theory and Practice of Security; and SEST-501, Grand Strategy and Military Operations;
Selection and completion of a concentration in Intelligence, International Security, Military Operations, Technology and Security, Terrorism and Sub-State Violence, Unconventional Weapons and Non-Proliferation, or U.S. National Security. Each concentration includes: a core class for the concentration and three electives within the chosen concentration;
Completion of distribution requirements in each of the following areas: Area Security Studies, Economics and Security, and Technology and Security;
31 credits of the required first-year law program (taken in the first or second years of the joint program);
32 credits in further law courses including Professional Responsibility and successful completion of the legal writing requirement. These courses are distributed among the third and fourth years;
16 credits in international law courses, including 3 credits in International Law I and 13 credits in further international law courses, at least 3 of which need to be in international/national security law;
Completion of SEST-710: Research Seminar taken in the third or fourth year;
Dependent on which M.A.S.S.P. degree requirements the 6 credits of J.D. courses are approved to fulfill, 3-6 credits of additional M.A.S.S.P. free elective credits taken in the third, and/or fourth years or during Summer sessions; and
Passage of a four-hour comprehensive exam to be taken in the same semester of M.A.S.S.P. enrollment as the SEST-710 course.
A typical distribution of the 106 academic credits in the J.D./M.A.S.S.P. Program is as follows:
First year: 24 M.A.S.S.P. credits
Second year: 31 J.D. credits
Third Year: 21 J.D. credits, 3-6 M.A.S.S.P. credits (depends on Law Center schedule)
Fourth Year: 27 J.D. credits, 0-6 M.A.S.S.P. credits (depends on third year M.A.S.S.P. registration)
For more detailed information, please read the J.D./M.A.S.S.P. Joint Degree Handbook and be sure to execute the Security Studies Program Course of Study Plan with the assistance of your SSP academic advisor.